SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter December 2017

Happy Holidays to SIM Members & Friends!

Election of the 2018 Chapter Executive Committee

Thank you to everyone that voted for the 2018 Chapter Executive Committee.   To support the growth of our chapter, we added two new Board positions, VP Member Engagement and Trustee: Technology.  As a result of the voting, we are happy to present your 2018 Chapter Executive Committee:

  • President                                                                    Vijay George
  • President Elect                                                        Jim Keeler
  • Past President/STEM                                          Eric Hungate
  • Secretary/VP Communications                     Karen Calvert
  • Treasurer                                                                   Kathy Wetzel
  • VP Programs                                                           Wendi White
  • VP Membership                                                      Anh Selissen
  • VP Member Engagement                                  Robert King
  • VP Sponsorship                                                      Blake Holman
  • Trustee: Communications                                 John Burgtorf
  • Trustee: Technology                                            Bart Lauwers

In addition, four Board Partners were invited to work with the Board on initiatives throughout the year.

  • National SIM liason                                              Keri Pearlson
  • Programs                                                                  Heather Poggi-Mannis
  • Membership                                                            Ankur Gaba
  • Outreach                                                                   Jessica Taylor

A special THANK YOU to the 2017 Executive Committee for their leadership, time and commitment to the SIM Austin Chapter in 2017 and Congratulations to the 2018 Executive Committee and  Board Partners.

December Austin SIM Meeting:  “STEM Talent: Bridging the Gap”

Our lively December chapter meeting was held on December 12, 2017 at Indeed Headquarters, Austin, TX.

A panel discussion with representatives from  Austin Community College, Gemalto, Indeed, and Whole Foods shared their thoughts on how to attract, retain, and grow the next generation of STEM leaders.  The panel also explored the growing role of workforce analytics in talent management.

Thank you to our Sponsor, Genuent, and to our host,

Save the Date

January Austin SIM Meeting: Gartner’s Strategic Technology Trends for 2018

Join us for an exclusive presentation of Garner’s Strategic Technology Trends report presented by Garner Managing Partner George Love.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, January 9,,  2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: projekt202, 1300 Guadalupe St Ste 300, Austin, TX 78701

REGISTRATION: Information to follow.

SIM Connect Live –  IT Transformation: Mining the Next 50 Years for Innovation

being held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Dallas

Join your colleagues and friends at SIM National’s Annual Conference, SIM Connect Live.  This is not your typical conference!The conference promises to be a truly collaborative and interactive experience.

DATE: April 11 – 13, 2018

LOCATION: Sheraton Dallas (downtown Dallas)

REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 15 @ to receive a discount.

InnoTech Austin 2018

Mark your calendars to attend next year’s InnoTech Austin conference scheduled for October 2, 2018.


Austin SIM Membership News!

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017! This year was full of great events and we look forward to providing more valuable programming for 2018.  If your SIM membership expires on December 31, 2017, we strongly encourage you to renew your dues so you continue to receive year-round benefits, such as:

  • Free Monthly Programs with speakers/panels )
  • Free Registration to Austin’s 2017 Symposium and a discount on Austin’s 2017 InnoTech conference ($99 value)
  • Networking with Austin IT Leaders as well as Leaders across the country (Priceless!)
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
    • 2017 SIM Golf Event for Scholarships
    • STEM Outreach Efforts
    • SIM Austin LinkedIn Group
  • Leadership Development programs for you & direct reports
  • Visit

Help us build our membership so we continue to have a vibrant and growing chapter.  Bring a colleague or two to a SIM Austin meeting.  Email Anh ( with a couple of prospects so that we can add them to our membership campaigns.


If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (


RLF – “Leadership for Life” (a leadership program of SIM)

Do you want to improve your company’s future by investing in your high-potential performers? Do you believe in developing and growing our Next Generation of IT Leaders?

The facilitators of SIM’s signature RLF program are famous for delivering leadership development differently.  More than 4,000 rising business and IT professionals from top U.S. and global companies have experienced the RLF program with life-changing and career-enhancing results.

Here’s a snapshot from an endorsement written by a former RLF graduate that captures the ‘heart’ of the program::

“Leadership is not a position, it is a skill.  This became clear to me after my experience attending the Regional Leadership Forum several years ago.  Unlike the expected messaging received from the usual leadership training programs we’ve all attended throughout the course of our careers, my experience in RLF was a consciousness raising experience.  The program has existed for decades and is rich in history. More importantly, the round table that sets the curriculum and the program facilitators are also rich in experience.  I would call them leadership legends. The structure of the course is a guided journey into the essence of true leadership.”  (

To learn more about the program, please feel free to visit the 2018 RLF website or contact RLF Facilitator Karen Calvert anytime @

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert,

 2017 SIM Austin Executive Committee: Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Wendi White (VP Programs), Bart Lauwers (VP Membership), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), Joanne Corum (Trustee), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Kevin Cheesman (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

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